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splenetic

1. of or relating to the spleen
2. Obsolete full of melancholy
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Reviewing Wild Bill in The New Republic a few weeks ago, Circuit Court Judge Richard Posner splenetically denounced Douglas as "one of the most unwholesome figures in modern American political history." Offended by Douglas's abuse of both alcohol and women, Posner reproached Murphy for excusing "Douglas's flaws of character" and for an "uncritical" treatment of his "slipshod and slapdash" judicial performance.
Several months after offering his "birds-of-a-social-feather" formula, Moran complained splenetically about the impossibility of providing different branches for the "forty different grades of society" in the average country town.
(14) For an even more splenetically Whiggish attack on Hume's supposed Toryism, see the rant in 1766 of the future tractor to the American revolutionary cause, Charles Lee, against "Mr David Hume and other Monarchical Writers who wou'd entail upon us their favourite absolute Government ..." (The Lee Papers 1754-1811, 4 vols.